Includes bibliographical references (p. -277) and index
I. The Entitlement society. The Postwar paradox -- History's chasm -- The Cult of affluence -- Prosperity's broken promise -- II. The New capitalism. The Apostles of control -- Cheery economics -- The Myth of management -- The Real economy -- III. The Politics of overpromise. Colliding ideals -- Borrow and spend -- Elusive equality -- Suicidal government -- Epilogue. After entitlement. History's cycles -- Responsibility, not entitlement -- Crisis or consensus?
The author portrays the postwar economic boom that "engendered a psychology of entitlement: a feeling that we had a right to uninterrupted personal and societal progress."